Born 1961, started learning violin at the age of seven; he pursued his studies at the High School of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Edith Bertschinger and privately with Alfred Staar (a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra).

Rainer Honeck joined the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a first violinist in 1981, advancing to the position of concert master in the Opera in 1984 and to that of concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992.

While his work with the orchestra remains central to his musical life, Rainer Honeck is a renowned soloist, with concert appearances in Austria and in Europe, Japan and America. Personal highlights were solo performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under renowned conductors like Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck and Mariss Jansons.

Recordings of note as concertmaster include live productions of Rimskij-Korsakow's Scheherazade with the Vienna Philharmonic and Seiji Ozawa (Philips) and Richard Strauss' A Hero's Life under Christian Thielemann (Deutsche Grammophon).

Honeck is a founding member and leader of the Wiener Virtuosen and the Vienna String Soloists. All this «leading» experience seemed a natural stepping stone for him to extend his repertoire to encompass orchestral literature, conducting such orchestras as the Kioi Sinfonietta, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Japan).

Rainer Honeck plays the «ex-Hämmerle» Stradivarius violin (1709); the instrument is a loan from the Austrian National Bank.

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